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Hot Cares assists Wings of Inspiration Elderly Care Centre

Hot Cares assists Wings of Inspiration Elderly Care Centre

Hot Cares recently contacted Wings of Inspiration Elderly Care Centre for assistance with one of our listeners who needed help rehoming a 72-year gentleman she had given a place to stay over the last few years. He has no family, struggles to survive off his SASSA pension and she was concerned as she is planning to emigrate soon. Thankfully, Wings of Inspiration Elderly Care Centre has welcomed him with open arms.
However, while we were making arrangements with the care centre, we discovered that the home is in desperate need of bedding and groceries.

Hot Cares has a history with the centre and decided we needed to assist urgently. In 2018 and 2019 we assisted Wings of Inspiration, formerly known as Have a Heart, by replacing all the windows in the building, and by providing 24 new beds, mattresses, and pillows for the residents. Unfortunately, the previous owner fell ill and the centre’s condition took a knock. Luckily, Kirsten and her sister Anthea have taken over the centre and have made Wings of Inspiration Elderly Care Centre feel like home.

Currently, the home has 19 elderly residents – 2 of which are wheelchair bound and soon, Wings of Inspiration will house 26 residents- most of which have fallen on hard times and do not have any family to support them.
Hot Cares has decided to purchase bedding and groceries to the value of R10 000, ensuring the residents are kept warm during these cold nights and have nutritious meals. We have also purchased an infrared thermometer which the centre has received.

Assisting the elderly of Reuven Old Age Home

Assisting the elderly of Reuven Old Age Home

Hot Cares received a request from one of our listeners, Tammy, who under normal circumstances joins a group of volunteers on a monthly basis to cook for the elderly at Reuven Old Age Home.

They are one of the many groups of people and charity organisations that ensure that the 250 residents are taken care of, have food to eat and that the facilities are cleaned and well kept.
The residents receive government social grants, which is used to pay for their accommodation and utilities. However, for all their other needs they rely on community support.

During lockdown, volunteers are unable to cook for, deliver food and visit the elderly. Hot Cares was happy to contribute towards the 200 food parcels that were delivered to the home- ensuring that the caregivers and residents are taken care of.

A big thank you to Tammy and her friends for giving us the opportunity to assist, and for all they do for the elderly residents throughout the year.

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Hot Cares Covid 19 assistance in conjunction with ‘A Little Realeaf’- Jackson’s Foundation

Hot Cares Covid 19 assistance in conjunction with ‘A Little Realeaf’- Jackson’s Foundation

Jacksons Real Food Market in Bryanston and Kyalami started the Jacksons Foundation a few years ago and regularly support families and people in need. With the current Covod-19 lockdown restaurants are unable to operate, yet the need to feed those in need has become greater than ever before.

Hot 91.9FM contacted Gary Jackson to see how we could assist his business during this time, and in turn, he told us about this project, A Little Realeaf.

Gary has opened his Kyalami restaurant – with permission and permits- to assist during the lockdown. The Jackson Foundation has contributed R30 000 for the initial funding to start cooking for those less fortunate. Gary and his team have been cooking and packing delicious meals, together with other organisations, such as Hot Cares, have been distributing these meals to various locations in and around our area.

For listeners who would like to help, please donate directly to the Jackson Foundation with the reference: ‘A little realeaf’. For as little as R20, you can donate a meal to a person in need.
Their restaurants are also being used as collection points for dry goods which are then distributed to the homeless who have not been accommodated for in a shelter. A list of items has been posted on their Facebook page should you wish to contribute.

Hot Cares has collected about 700 of these meals and distributed between Diepsloot, Clay Oven Community and the homeless by the river in Bryanston. The response to these donations from the recipients has been heartwarming. From being speechless to comments such as “Food with real meat!”- the less fortunate have been extremely grateful to those involved in supplying these meals.

For any queries, or should you wish to get involved, please email hotcares@hot919.co.za or go to the Jacksons website, www.jacksonsrealfoodmarket.co.za/, or their Facebook page.

Joburg works together to feed the hungry

Joburg works together to feed the hungry

Chef Philippe Frydman contacted Hot Cares to tell us about his idea of putting the restaurant kitchens that are currently ‘closed for business’ to good use and that he had been provided a kitchen by Mathew Abrahams of Thava Indian Restaurant in Norwood.

Hanneke from NOSH Food Rescue NPC (NOSH) receives and redistributes prepared and perishable surplus food that is wholesome and nutritious to hundreds of soup kitchens and feeding schemes. Chef Philippe and Hanneke have teamed up to create Kitchens with Compassion and feed those less fortunate.

Together they are working tirelessly to prepare meals for those affected by the lockdown.

Hot Cares was asked to assist with donations of ingredients needed and other expenses so that they could ensure no food is wasted and that many people receive a nutritious meal. This team has already fed thousands of people all over Johannesburg and is looking at extending this project into other kitchens that have been offered.
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On Friday we received a call from our friend Abram who does amazing work in Diepsloot telling us of the daily challenge many residents are facing during lockdown. For many, no work means no pay – which ultimately means no food. Today, the children of the creche and their parents will be received a delicious cooked lunch and Hot Cares will ensure that they also receive groceries to sustain themselves over the next few weeks.

Hot Cares and SHOUT SA support those on the frontline in the fight against Covid-19

Hot Cares and SHOUT SA support those on the frontline in the fight against Covid-19

In the past few weeks, Hot Cares has actively assisted in the donation of masks, gloves, sanitisers, vitamins, immune boosters and more to our community and essential service workers.

SHOUT SA have created a new public service initiative with SMD Technologies called SHOUT4MASKS (Shout4masks.co.za) to help raise money to buy masks directly from factories in order to urgently get them to health carers and patients. Hot Cares decided it is imperative that we get involved and assist where we can.

SHOUT SA co-founder Danny K explains: “There is a crying need to protect those who are protecting us – our frontline heroes. Battling valiantly against Covid-19 our healthcare sector needs our support right now as the supply of masks dwindles. It’s getting desperate. Here at Shout SA we have a voice, why not use it to shout out to our fellow countrymen to help secure more masks?”
Co-founder Kabelo adds: “We are calling on all our fellow musicians and celebrities to get behind this to inspire and unite the nation to help get proper safe masks for those that need them most. For both patients and our most vulnerable communities, I am relieved that we are able to spread a protective front for both. “

Shout4Masks provides a platform for all South Africans, individuals and corporates, to donate combo packs of both specialist and surgical masks to health carers and patients urgently in need for as little as R100.

Hot Cares has eagerly got involved in this initiative and have donated R10 000 towards SHOUT4MASKS.

Hot Cares continues with COVID-19 lockdown assistance

Hot Cares continues with COVID-19 lockdown assistance

During the Covid- 19 lockdown, Hot Cares continues to assist our most vulnerable communities.

Hot Cares was notified that the homeless who visit our weekly soup kitchen have all been temporarily housed at a shelter in Windsor. We were so happy to hear that they were safe and being taken care of. Hot Cares has arranged for food donations and groceries for the shelter which is currently housing 96 people.

As a result of the lockdown, many NPO’s are facing financial challenges due to cancellation of fundraisers, volunteer services and community donations. With this being said, many animal shelters have been affected and we have received requests from a few within our community. Hot Cares has arranged for deliveries to these shelters through Takealot.

Essential items on Takealot can still be ordered and delivered. Should you wish to contribute to animal shelters, Takealot is a viable option to ensure that the shelters can continue their wonderful work and make sure the animals have what they need.

Hot Cares also assisted Shining Stars Wellness and Recovery Centre – An organization that helps those in need with a focus on empowering individuals to develop their skills. Through their programme they assist families, individuals, children and the elderly who are facing difficult times. Hot Cares spoke to Safoora from Shining Stars who was worried about six families they were unable to assist. Hot Cares committed to supply groceries and essentials for these families during the lockdown period.

We continue to assist our frontline essential service workers. The need for personal protective equipment such as masks, gloves and sanitizers are rife. Hot Cares is collaborating with local manufacturers to see how we can support these brave men and women with what they need.